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5,503 Ratings


Directed by David Cronenberg
Canada, United Kingdom, 1996
Drama, Thriller


After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly descending into a fetishistic underworld of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who find metallic collisions a sexual turn-on and a jolting life force they come to crave.

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Crash Directed by David Cronenberg
It ranks up there as one of the Canadian master’s most hypnotic exercises in pure style, its point of view established through disquieting sound design…, creepily clinical close-ups of seat-belt sashes, and eerily flat line deliveries… Cronenberg’s movies develop tension through an internal conflict between the visceral and the clinical; this one tips all the way into the former, creating an alienating quasi-thriller that isn’t quite like any other movie around.
August 10, 2017
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Every human eventually finds themselves at a crossroads with regard to their sexual identity, down which lies a host of dizzying options. Crash drives headlong towards the unknown, and each blown red light signifies the destruction of falsely and flimsily erected boundaries. If you’re still in your chair, then you’re in Cronenberg’s passenger seat.
May 01, 2017
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…This is why I think the movie, like the book, is a masterpiece. No other film has broached this enormous subject, that of how the modern life we live is controlled by the privilege of independent transport, shaped by the mechanical/technological extensions of the car, and wounded by the holocaust of damage this cultural ascension has produced.
July 12, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Z's rating of the film Crash

    Has the same fetishistic, focused, intense repetition as the novel. Spader's Ballard stumbles upon a perverse subculture that subsumes and ultimately comes to define his sexuality. Cronenberg comprehends the cold, scaly, sexual inquiry that Ballard is engaged in. A cinematic provacateur with a clinical eye for detail takes on a writer who is part fantasist, part prophet. Pleasure, pain and sexualized machine merge.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Crash

    Déjà le roman d'anticipation de J.G. Ballard irradiait de tous ses mots et ses douleurs cette expérience ultime de la jouissance extatique et funèbre avec un brio certain et une rare conviction. David Cronenberg la prolonge et la complémentarise visuellement, avec une feutrée et luisante efficacité.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Crash

    According to André Bazin and Jacques Rivette, there are two subjects in cinema that should only be approached in fear and shivering, in which its representation is automatically obscene: sex, and death. In Crash, David Cronenberg superimposes the beautiful and the macabre, pushing both of them into their tragic climax. It is his most disturbing film - which says a lot - but also his best directed.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Crash

    A JG Ballard (that post-modern provacateur) novel that is almost 'unadaptable'. As an exploration into monomania that escalates towards sexual deviances, it is quite the disturbing literary and (thanks to this Cronenberg adaptation) spectating experience. The core of the novel's dystopia (an allegory of the perversity of capitalism) remains the book's and film's beating heart.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Crash

    Violent emissions. Just as J.G. Ballard located the inherent eroticism in the bodies of mangled autos, here in his own medium director David Cronenberg tracks the inherent cinematic nature of car crashes. It's debatable whether a film adaptation could ever truly capture the sense of nocturnal dystopia that permeates every page of Ballard's novel, but there's no questioning Cronenberg's fealty to his source material.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Crash

    SO SICKO, SO SEXUAL ! Hot stuff : Holly HUNTER & her black stockings in the car, Patricia ARQUETTE & her disability brace gear, Deborah Kara UNGER taken from behind without looking at James SPADER (Secretary) who takes her. === SEXE & MALAISE ! Holly HUNTER en nylons dans l'auto, Patricia ARQUETTE & son armure pour handicapées, Deborah Kara UNGER prise par derrière sans regarder par James SPADER (La Secrétaire).

  • galuh indri's rating of the film Crash

    Watching a Cronenberg's is like seeing a man that my mum would definitely disapprove. Not the particular type of badass guy, its the one who have that creepy and dangerous aura. But my curiosity is bigger than the rules and I would still see him anyway. Also my biggest curiosity is in the psychology department, so apart from whether I hate it or not this one is pretty interesting.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Crash

    I thought it was inconceivable that someone could film traffic and make it sexy. This movie is compelling, but takes on the characteristics of a porno movie. Everyone couples with everyone. This is not a moral judgment. It just didn't come across that way in the book. The closest adaptation of the book I've seen in 'Ranxerox in New York'. Warning: only for adults.

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